Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead

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Watch and find out why locals have nicknamed this span across the River Tyne the "Blinking Eye Bridge." In contrast to a drawbridge that lifts or bends in the middle, this pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge swings on a horizontal axis to allow boats to pass under it. Watch as the arch lowers toward the water and the curved bridge lifts toward the sky, leaving two low-angled arches above the river. To see it tilt, check the schedule posted at each end of the bridge. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gateshead Millennium Bridge by using our Gateshead online journey maker .
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  • So we visited when it was grey and raining and it looked nice but not special, however at night when it was all lit up it looked lovely, changing colours and lighting up the river.  more »
  • Lovely bridge, gets lit up at night time in lots of different colours. Run on it when I’m over on business and handy way to get to Gateshead.  more »
  • Lovely to walk across.. wished we had been able to see it in operation. Hopefully on our next visit!  more »
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  • Iconic and interesting tilt bridge, well worth checking out and fun to cross. If you're at the waterfront anyway, it's the easiest way to cross as the older bridges cross from higher up in the upper part of the city. (Except the swing bridge). It's also convenient for visiting the Sage, which is just opposite in Gateshead.
  • What a site... at night the view from the bridge looking up the Tyne to Newcastle is second to none. I think the introduction of this bridge has enhanced to overall look of what a brilliant view it was to start with. It's now phenomenal. It's a view that's very close to my heart as I spent a lot of time in that area as a child. I will be planning a return trip in the near future
  • Thoroughly enjoyed walking along the riverside up to the Millennium Bridge which is impressive to look at. Managed to walk across and take some lovely pictures. Definitely worth a trip for families or those looking to explore Newcastle.
  • One of the great centre pieces of Newcastle quay side and walking across the bridge then looking up towards the tyne bridge is a wonderful site and it looks even better by night very nice.
  • This quirky bridge has become a symbol for Newcastle. It must be a great spectacle when this bridge is lifted although we didn't get to experience it. Great views over the river.
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